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Poster: Welsur5 Date: Dec 12, 2011 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

Never did I think Live/Dead could be improved, but I just got my 2LP copy of Live/Dead from Mobile Fidelity, and I seriously cannot believe how amazing it sounds. Jerry's guitar textures, Bobby's voice, Pigpen's keyboard, Phil's rock-solid bass, Billy and Mickey's percussive exchanges: They're all lifelike and come across with amazing warmth and perspective. Who ever thought a record from 1969 could sound so terrific?

Apparently, Mobile Fidelity mastered the record from the original master tapes and pressed it on extremely thick, dead-quiet 180g LP. And the packaging (high-quality artwork reproduction, outstanding covers and sleeves) ranks up there with the music.

Talk about needing and getting a miracle. If you've got a turntable, you've got to get this. And if you don't have a record player, now's the time.

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-38965-grateful-dead-live-dead-numbered-limited-edition-180g-2lp.aspx

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Dec 13, 2011 3:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

I'd like to compare it to my vinyl from the original mix.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Dec 13, 2011 12:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ... extremely thick, dead-quiet 180g LP

The best possible sound, of course, can be obtained by glueing all your old vinyl copies of live dead together to make the thickest and dead-quietest pressing ever.

The same can be done with old CD copies as well, but because you have to glue the label sides together it becomes difficult to find the CD you want to listen to (unless you are careful to put them away, immediately after each listen, into the correct box).

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 12, 2011 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

To be honest I only really listened to 2 1/2 sides of that set - must be why the good folks at Rolling Stone rate it at 244 out of the 500 best albums.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 12, 2011 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

what does rolling stone know??

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 12, 2011 2:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

I just saw then read a recent Rolling Stone. Its been a good decade or two. My father subscribed from the early '70s to sometime in the '90s before the magazine no longer held his interest, so I saw/read the mag in its heyday.
The mag I just read at my doctors office in under ten minutes was a shadow of its former self. Even looking at it, at about half its former size, filled completely with fluff (the bad kind your Mom would never buy) teasers on the cover. I mean in size it was smaller then People mag, but not quite as tiny as Readers Digest.
I bet it isn't the same to be on the cover of a Rolling Stone anymore. No more buffalo are roaming those pages.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 12, 2011 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

IMO, Matt Taibbi is the best journalist in america writing on financial matters in terms of wading through the bullshit and making it understandable to a lay audience - and why they are getting screwed hard. Reason I keep subscribing.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog

The music stuff is largely fluff but some of it is good and their feature articles and political writing remain very strong. Hell, it recently got General McCrystal to turn in his papers.

But hey, if they (RS) don't fawn over this band and it's leader who has been gone for over 16 years, then it must suck in all ways imaginable...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Dec 13, 2011 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

I confess I left any political impressions of RS out of my post. I had never heard of Matt Taibbi. My rolodex of who's who in the political world, including writers and pundits, is developing some holes which I take as a good sign.
I read some of Mr. Taibbi's work. One was a ginsu job on Mr. Friedman's book, The World is Flat (what a dumb title). A highly enjoyable piece. Of course, Friedman has become an easy target after, From Beirut to Jerusalem, when his pomposity and arrogance became unbearable.
For more up to date commentary I checked out his blog, the Smirking Chip and read snippets of his RS work. He is an interesting lefty. Anyone who hammers Goldman-Sachs, w/ Paulson first in line then Corzine, gets a gold star. His fears of the National Defense Authorization Act are valid, but then he calls Carl Levin(!) a "good guy". Maybe when he first joined The Senate 33 years ago! Levin is your dime a dozen hack and pirate of taxpayer money (aren't 98% of them).
But the lefty mags/papers he writes for begin: The Guardian, Mother Jones, The Nation. I won't include RS, former home to P.J. O'Rourke (who you just know I love) and the Great Buffalo himself, HST. I don't know where to place HST except in his own world. Rocket Man.

Wiki(lies?) has two snippets that if true are funny as hell.
-Journalist James Verini, while interviewing Taibbi in a Manhattan restaurant for Vanity Fair, said Taibbi cursed and threw a coffee at him, and accosted him as he tried to get away, all in response to Verini's volunteered opinion that Taibbi's book, The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia, was "redundant and discursive." Taibbi later said the incident was "an aberration from how I've behaved in the last six or seven years.
-In March 2005 Taibbi's satirical essay, "The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope", published in the New York Press (gone now) was denounced by Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Matt Drudge, Abe Foxman, and Anthony Weiner.
Now that is one hell of an interesting group to be denounced by.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 12, 2011 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

Damn double posts...

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2011-12-12 23:55:43

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Dec 12, 2011 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

wasnt more like a newspaper way back when?? at least thats what i remember!!

This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2011-12-12 23:42:56

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 12, 2011 6:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New 2LP Pressing of Live/Dead

In the early days it was tabloid style, in the style of the underground newspapers of the time. I'm not sure exactly when it changed into a magazine, but it has been pretty much downhill ever since.